2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

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In 1907, the first ever Los Angeles Auto Show took place at a skate park where only 99 cars were shown. Since then, the show has grown to become one of the premier events on the automotive calendar, for both the industry as well as the thousands of fans that turn up each year to see all the new models and concepts.

Today, the show is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and reflecting its importance the organizers have confirmed there will be at least 30 world debuts taking place this year. The action gets underway Wednesday, November 18, and as usual the Motor Authority team will be bringing you all the latest info and live photos direct from the show floor.

In the meantime, here's our hand-picked list of some of the stars, as well as what we know so far about them. And don't forget to bookmark our dedicated L.A. Auto Show page, as well as follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay on top of it all.

PERFORMANCE CARS

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63: Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class full-size SUV has undergone a mid-cycle update and one of the changes included a switch to the new GLS name. Both the GLS and high-performance GLS63 from Mercedes-AMG will be present in L.A. The latter is the one you want as it comes with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 good for 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. While the regular GLS gets a nine-speed automatic, the GLS63 sports an AMG Speedshift seven-speed auto. Drive on both goes to all four wheels as standard.

2016 Audi S8 Plus

2016 Audi S8 Plus

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2016 Audi S8 Plus: Audi is launching its new Audi Sport performance division in L.A. and to kick off the launch the brand with the four rings is bringing an impressive arsenal of fast cars. One of these is a new A8 range-topper complete with 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The car is the S8 Plus, and it will be joined in L.A. by another new model called the RS 7 Performance. This car sports the same 605-hp rating and is a tad quicker to 62 mph thanks to its lighter weight. Also on Audi’s stand will be next-generation versions of the S4 and R8.

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 - 2015 Geneva Motor Show Live Photos

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 - 2015 Geneva Motor Show Live Photos

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2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport: Porsche will unveil a new racing version of its Cayman GT4 sports car. As the name suggests, the race car has been developed in line with FIA GT4 specifications and will be ready in time for the start of the 2016 motorsport season. It gets the same 3.8-liter flat-six as the Cayman GT4 road car but drops the six-speed manual transmission in favour of a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. As the car is designed for the track only, it will be offered exclusively through Porsche Motorsport North America here in the United States. Other markets will have to order the vehicle from Porsche Motorsport.

2016 BMW M4 GTS

2016 BMW M4 GTS

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2016 BMW M4 GTS: BMW’s new M4 GTS has already been shown to the public but it makes its local debut in L.A. In case you’ve forgotten, the car packs a water injection system aimed at boosting power while at the same time curbing fuel consumption. Peak output from the track-focused coupe is an impressive 493 horsepower, which is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and limited-slip differential. Only 700 of these bad boys will be built, 300 of which are destined for the U.S.

Hit the next page to see some of the luxury cars that will be on display at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.


 
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